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“Beautiful Lakes and Awesome Obsidian Flow”

Newberry National Volcanic Monument
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Owner description: One of the nation's newest national monuments, this 55,500 acre area seeks to preserve unique accessible volcanic features.
Sisters, Oregon
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68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Beautiful Lakes and Awesome Obsidian Flow”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Newberry caldera hosts two gorgeous lakes in its bosom: Paulina Lake (named after Native American Chief Paulina) and East Lake. Both of these lakes offer great swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Summer is hot, full of mosquitos and busy with visitors making it hard to find a campsite, so try to time your visit after Labor day to catch some great fall weather with fewer bugs and people.

One of the most interesting attractions of this location is the giant obsidian flow. Obsidian is glasslike lava that is very attractive and shiny in appearance. The Native Americans used obsidian to make stone tools such as arrowheads, spear points, gravers, scrapers and knives. Currently there are a number of people "knapping" reproductions of these amazing stone tools. The area around the obsidian flow and lakes was used by Native Americans and archeological digs have been made at various locations.

The Newberry caldera also offers great hiking, camping and mountain biking, and in winter snowmobiling, skiing and snow shoeing. There is a bike trail following the rim of the caldera all the way around as well as the trail that follows Paulina Creek from the lake. The Paulina Creek trail is a nice downhill route that passes several waterfalls and nice feature for cooling off on a hot day.

Newberry is often referred to as Oregon's other Crater lake as it was formed in the same way by a massive volcanic explosion and has nice deep lakes of a similar nature. One thing Paulina lake has that Crater Lake does not is hot springs. On the north shore is sandy beach with hot water bubbling up, dig a hole and you have a shallow but nice hot spring with the lake waters right by it to cool off in. These springs can be reached by hiking or boat.

Visited August 2012
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“Cool lava flow!”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Even during the off-season, visiting this area is so cool. While we would have loved to have visited the visitor center (it's closed during the winter), it was still worth the short drive from Bend just to hike around the lava flow (paved trail with information signs) and check out the cinder cone.

Visited March 2013
Thank jimboa68
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Eugene OR
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“On a clear day...! Wow!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

On a clear day, the views are stupendous at the top. You pass an obsidian mtn and then one can view mtns in all directions.

Visited August 2012
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cape cod
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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“Some stunning sights”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Went there in early March and the Visitor's Center was closed but the path that wended around the base of the butte made for an interesting walk and unusual sights. I would definitely return.

Visited March 2013
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Monmouth, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“worth it”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is one of Oregon's beautiful naturl wonderlands! Drive through a lavafield and then up a volcanic cone (no motothomes!). You will be treated to vistas that are nothing short of stunning and cetainly an education in oregon's ancient history and geology. On the 'Ring of Fire', Oregon is a happening place when you consider the millenia of time visible here.The drive up the cone is not for the faint of heart, but view is a pay off that stuns you to the core!

Visited May 2012
Thank Mike D
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